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Ecology Diploma Course

online certified and accredited course

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£49 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
150 hours
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Lifetime access
No formal qualification
150 CPD hours / points
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10 Modules

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150 CPD hours / points
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Exploring the relationships between organisms and the Earth’s environment, the exciting field of ecology incorporates many branches of science. This course is designed to provide a well-rounded introduction to the field – explaining a range of complex concepts involving environmental knowledge, biological processes, evolution and ecological relationships.

From Greek philosophers and early science to advanced concepts including evolution and adaptation, the Ecology Diploma Course takes you through the history of the subject.

We'll explore the diversity of Earth's environments and the types of organisms that establish themselves in each, along with the environmental controls that regulate climate.

The course goes on to discuss the individual relationships and interactions that occur between organisms within populations and communities. We'll look at the evolutionary adaptations animals and plants have developed to survive, population mechanisms, and community development and structure, including predator-prey dynamics. You'll also be guided through the Earth's biogeochemical cycles and trophic level interactions.

The Ecology Diploma Course concludes with an explanation of climate change and its impact, the anthropogenic factors influencing climate change, and a look at the national parks and marine conservation initiatives.

By studying this course, you will:

  • Understand the field of ecology
  • Learn about Earth’s environments and climates
  • Explore the relationships between organisms and their environments, and within populations and communities
  • Learn about the evolutionary adaptations of plants and animals
  • Discover Earth's biogeochemical cycles and trophic level interactions
  • Gain an understanding of climate change and the influence of anthropogenic factors

Who is this course for?

Welcome home! The Ecology Diploma Course is designed for anyone who wishes to really understand the environments and inhabitants of Earth.

An introduction to the field of ecology, this course requires no prerequisite knowledge – just an eager and curious mind.

The course will form a good foundation for further studies in this fascinating area of the Earth sciences.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.